Yalumba FDR1A 2008
"I know it was a tasting but gee whiz, it was hard to put this wine down. Loved the richness and density of the Barossa expressed in such a way. The cabernet provides the direction and the shiraz fills it out. The combination is compelling."
Ray Jordan's top 100 for winter drinking, The West Australian, 7 July 2011
Yalumba's 2008 Scribbler has made legions of fans during my Roadshow tour and it is still luckily in stock. 2006 Signature is another magnificent Cabernet / Shiraz stalwart on the Yalumba hit parade. However, the wine that sends me into raptures is this modern reworking of a classical formula. Fine Dry Red 1A is all of the above, and way way more, but surely it deserves a more exciting name? Your challenge this year is to come up with something for Robert Hill-Smith to give his blessing to. Five numbers of letters only! And it must reflect the genius flavour in the bottle. I love a bit of sport..."
Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2011 (UK), May 2011
93 points - "The warmth of the 2008 vintage has made this a riper expression of Cabernet Shiraz by Yalumba standards, but it maintains the low alcohol of this style, a lift of violet perfume, juicy plum and berry compote flavours and a fruit-driven finish."
Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100 (Aus), January / February 2011
91 points - "Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Shiraz, the 2008 FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz displays a deep garnet-purple color and is very fruit-forward with intense black cherry and warm blackberry aromas plus whiffs of dried Mediterranean herbs and mint. Medium-bodied, crisp and taut on the palate, it gives firm grainy tannins, just enough flesh and a long finish. Drinking now, it should remain fresh to 2016+."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate (USA) #192, December 2010